Fin Span: 6.05"
Weight: 1.20 oz.
|Riding the wave of excitement caused by such announcements as
the Borealis, US TOG and others, the HERC-5 continues the
tradition of exciting ships set in a future of galactic exploration with
the members of the United Solar Planetary Federation and her
growing allies such as the Hobbicron Industrial Empire. Merging
the best of technologies from each government has lead to the first
true recreational craft solidifying the value of this galactic
Fliskits invites you to explore this fanciful universe and your own
imagination with this wonderful addition to our futuristic line of
model rocket kits. Featuring one of the most unique tube fin
setups in the industry, the HERC-5 also sports a full sheet of
colorful water slide decals, positive motor retention and recovery
via a colorful plastic parachute.
While offering unique building challenges (you have to cut the body
tubes for the twin ram-jet style tube fins). Cutting tubes is not
difficult, but it is different. It is also a very valuable skill to know.
Once cut, the remainder of the HERC-5 assembly is a snap and the
final result will be the pride of your fleet!
Check out the figures and images below to get a better feel for the
unique nature of the HERC-5 and prepare to fire your imagination
as we warp into space to enjoy the regions of the galaxy opened up
with the help of the U.S.S. Grissom and the Borealis!
|HERC-5 packaging. This image shows the front and rear of the HERC-5 kit in its retail
packaging. Reflecting the trademark FlisKits cover slash and header card, you can see
all of the parts though you may have to look inside the big BT-70 tubes to see most of
|This figure, straight from the
instructions, gives you a better idea of
how the tube fins are configured. These
are the two large BT-70 tubes, after
having been cut to shape using a
provided template. They are then slit
per instructions and slid into each other
forming a very rigid assembly that
provides a good deal of the models
|Side view of the original proto type. Note the marking that calls out HERC-1, the original
name for this kit. Renamed the HERC-5 to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the
opening of FlisKits, Inc. TRIVIA ALERT: The release date, as identified on the cover of
the instructions is 16-August-2007, Kathy Flis' birthday.
|Rear view showing the unique method of trapping the engine hook under the tube fin
assembly. Rarely do you see engine hooks used on minimum diameter rocket kits.
|Edge profile giving you a better view of the dual interlocking tube fin arrangement.